Take a free boat trip to see Manchester from a whole different perspective. Volunteers from the Canal & River Trust will be operating a free water taxi service between Dukes Lock 92, Pioneer Quay, Tib Lock 89 and Lock 87 at Canal Street.
Rough Fish is a pervasive game in which players score points by fishing rubbish out of the canal and tweeting about it. Different types of rubbish will score different points throughout the day, so keep an eye on the online Rubbish Stock Market and the leaderboard to see if you can be the Rough […]
Cellist Sofi Roberts will be providing some atmosphere with a mixture of classical, folk and improvised cello music through the afternoon at Pioneer Quay on Saturday.
The friends of the Rochdale 9 group are launching a new Street Art project with the aim of bringing Manchester’s city centre waterways to life with a host of new artworks. Come have a look at projects display, find out about their plans and share your ideas for new Street art along the canals.
Have you ever wondered what is under the dark water of Manchester’s Rochdale Canal? Look around beneath the surface of the canal without getting wet by piloting a remote control canoe whilst wearing a 360 degree headset. Using a 360 degree camera fitted to the base of a kayak participants will be able to view […]
This workshop shows you how to create floating digital artworks that sense the temperature of the water and display it using flashing lights. Work with artist Ross Dalziel to build a mini computer by connecting simple electronic parts, program it to sense water temperature and flash different coloured lights, then build a raft and release […]
Help monitor the health of the Rochdale Canal with Manchester Metropolitan University. Participants will join Manchester Metropolitan University students to help monitor the health of the canal with testing kits measuring nitrate levels, pH levels, dissolved oxygen and water hardness. This is a ‘just turn up’ activity taking place between 11am and 4pm at Lock […]
A researcher at the University of Manchester spent two years working with Manchester families, and then collaborated with a comic book artist to create an exhibition of objects, photos, interviews and fieldnotes sharing stories of everyday hope and despair. Visitors at the opening of Everyday Austerity at the University of Manchester. Exhibition cabinet […]
Make your own Zine inspired by Manchester’s waterways, with help from the friendly Zine makers from Salford Zine Library. Salford Zine Library seeks to preserve and provide access to Zines from around the world, as well as promoting Zines and DIY culture through workshops, exhibitions and other events. The Waterside Zine Library is a […]
Zines are comics and pamphlets made with a Do It Yourself ethos, their subjects ranging from football, to bands, to obsessions with cute red Scandinavian boats. Visitors will be able to browse Zines whilst hanging out at Pioneer Quay, bring a picnic blanket. Salford Zine Library seeks to preserve and provide access to Zines from […]
Learn how to assemble a remote control underwater robot using electronic components and Lego. Then send it underwater to film the world beneath the surface. These workshops take place at the following times on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of September. Workshop 1 – 11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop 2 – 13.00am – 14.30pm […]
We will start the festival off with a lock naming ceremony, Rough Fish Champion 2015 Ryan Long will have the honor of having Lock 91 of the Rochdale canal renamed Ryan Long Lock for one year. Join us on Friday night for the renaming ceremony.
Alan the piper will be playing up and down the canal between Canal Street and Dukes 92 from 11.30 on Sunday.
‘The Friends of Rochdale 9’ are a community group bringing the 9 Locks of the Rochdale canal that pass through Manchester city centre to life. As well as organising this festival, the group are launching a SpaceHive fundraiser for the Canal & Rivers Trust workboat. The plan is to transform it from a purely functional […]
Coffee Cranks are pedal powered mobile coffee vendors based in Manchester city centre, you might have seen their tricycles around town. They will be serving really good and affordable coffee down at Pioneer Quay all day on Saturday and Sunday. They are organised as workers co-op and use money from the business to support community […]
Manchester Morris Men will be performing throughout the day on Saturday at Tib Lock, also know an Lock 89, close to the Bridgewater Hall. Manchester Morris Men have been dancing since 1930 and dance both North West Clog Morris and Cotswold Dances. Over the years, they have danced in many places and at all sorts […]